You may remember that a couple of years ago we reviewed the check out that review program for the Schoolhouse Review Crew.
(If you’re looking for a good basic online Math program for your child check out that review.)
Well this year we got to review something new from the A+ family.
The The Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan is a a 3 month online interactive program that uses testing to identify and close gaps in your child’s math education.
Why I Wanted to Review the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan
I knew there were still a few holes I wanted to plug up in our daughter’s math skills. My daughter likes things to be easy and if they’re not easy she tends to give up and want to drop whatever it is. I’m trying to work with her on overcoming and persevering because the end result will be she has conquered whatever it is and gained a new skill. So hard to get across to a child. We’re finally learning that with the piano but parts of math are still another story.
A few weeks before we started the A+ Tutorsoft Adaptive Placement Test program we had crossed the hurdle of the math multiplication table and long division. I had discovered a few tricks that made certain math computations more like puzzles and The Sweet Peanut was breezing along…at least as far as multiplication and division were concerned. But we still needed to review subtraction and word problems. Two areas that give her some pause.
Crossing the other two hurdles we had come to a point where math was actually becoming kind of fun for her. Sometimes I would even find her in her room at night writing out math problems on her mini wipe-off board so I knew we were in a good place. Mind you these are multiplication and division problems…NOT subtraction and word problems.
How We Used The Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan
I knew we still needed some help with subtraction and word problems.
The Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan program is designed to recognize and help close those learning gaps in your child’s math knowledge.
In Grade 4 there are 17 mini tests for your child to take each based on the all various topics generally learned by 4th graders. Based on the results of the test your child takes the program will know where he or she might need help and suggest a lesson plan for him/her.
After your child logs into the dash board they can click on the Take Adaptive Placement Test button and take the next test. They don’t have to be taken in order although we started that way.
Each question of the test is allotted a certain amount of minutes to complete. The clock counts down while your child is taking the test.
To start, in addition to our regular math program, I had our daughter take the A+ Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan three times a week. I also had her do the placements tests before our regular math class. Why? I don’t know.
After a few tests the program recognized she might need some help with subtraction. I concur.
So far we’ve been going through the lesson plan that was designed to give her a better grip on subtraction. The program suggested all the lessons in the subtraction chapter but I think that might have been overkill. Especially since you only have the program for 3 months.
In the parental log in you can see all the work your child has done, review each problem of their tests, and see how they are moving along on their goals. That is so cool. So I can see that my daughter is doing very well in addition but not so good in subtraction. After she took the subtraction test I reviewed it to see where her actual issues might lie.
I can see that when it comes to borrowing and renaming she’s moving along on automatic. Even when she doesn’t need to borrow or rename she does so because she figures that’s what she is supposed to be doing. But as far as other subtraction concepts she seemed to be doing well. Repeating all the lessons in the subtraction section drags the program out much longer than the three months would allow for if your child had problems in several areas.
I really like this new application in A+ Interactive Math. For us, right now, at this point, I do wish the subscription lasted a little longer than 3 months. But that’s because we still have a couple of concepts left to learn this school year.
A couple of issues we had was the program not marking complete once she was done with a lesson. And lesson plan not truly tailored to concepts missed on the exam.
But I really like being able to view her progress and all the problems on the tests.
The log ins for parent and child were a tad bit confusing. When I’m moving fast I can overlook things and if it’s not clearly labeled (different background, “hello parent” somewhere on the screen), I can lose track of where I’m at.
All in all I like Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan by A+I’m going to continue to use it but I’ll probably tweak which lessons to have her review based on what I see on the tests.